The Seagram Building

 1954 - 1958

The Story

This 39-story, 516-foot tall office building was commissioned by Joseph E. Seagram & Sons Corporation, purveyors of Seagram liquors. Noted for it's amber toned windows and public plaza, the Seagram is Mies' largest work. The architect worked around New York City's zoning codes mandating that skyscrapers recess or "set back" as they rose by recessing the entire building. Like the Chicago Federal Center and the Neue Nationalgalerie, the Seagram's plaza features a monumental sculpture by Alexander Calder.